Semiconductor Spintronics: A Myopic Overview

Sunday, December 03, 2006
6:00 PM
Free and open to the public

"Semiconductor spintronics" is aimed at exploiting the electronic spin degree of freedom for both classical and quantum information processing. A series of fundamental discoveries over the past decade have now firmly established a phenomenological basis for semiconductor spintronics, ranging from the injection, transport and detection of spin polarized currents in standard semiconductor device geometries to the integration of ferromagnetism with conventional semiconductors I will provide an overview of key developments in this field and also discuss emerging opportunities (and challenges) for the transition from fundamental physics to a fledgling technology.

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Nitin Samarth

Penn State